"Raised in Maine and currently living in Philadelphia, Hays’ forms—dispersed in expanses that both surround and unite them—can be seen to reference both the open field she walked between her house and her grandparents’ in Maine as a child, and the urban landscape that surrounds individual buildings in Philadelphia. In Hays’ painting Dreams and Things, marigold-yellow polygons and orbs of spring green radiate from beneath a subtle field of gray-pink.
...Rendered in a palette reminiscent of the pale intensities of fellow Mainer Lois Dodd, the forms in the painting levitate in peaceful balance with the field that weights them from above, tilting the eye in and out of the painting’s spaces. Hays’ own dramas of space, color, and form hold the intensities of color and field in breathless suspension." READ FULL ARTICLE
The New York Times' recent feature on the beautiful, Long Island summer home of architect Elizabeth Roberts and her husband Michael McKnight featured "Asunder" a large gouache work on paper from 2017. READ FULL ARTICLE
"Mapping somewhere, in particular a feeling about a place, is central to the interpretation of her work, but the process is less about nostalgia and more about creating uninhibited." by Nico Kos Earle READ ARTICLE HERE
Thank you The Jealous Curator for the kindest mention on your site: "I’m not sure how to explain how much I love these… hm… well, I made a strange gasping sound when I saw that first piece, so that might do it. Beautifully drawn graphite ropes living in perfect harmony with sherbet-hued gouache on really big pieces of paper. Yep, madly in love with these gorgeous compositions by Philadelphia based artist Jen Wink Hays. Sigh. Happy Monday.
"Chance Encounter" (2013, gouache on paper) looks lovely in the entry hall of Uprise founder, Tze Chun's Brooklyn home.
The closing reception for Almanac is this Friday from 6-8pm at RH Contemporary Gallery at 437 West 16th Street in New York City. Hope to see you there!
Inside the Studio: VISIT WITH JEN WINK HAYS We stopped by the Philadelphia, PA studio of Jen Wink Hays to explore her latest works on canvas. A departure from her works on paper, Jen’s latest paintings explore the complexity of networks in imagined vast oceans of abstract free-floating forms and interlinked landmasses. Through the materiality of oil, these spaces become even more specific, and take on a character and quality of their own. GO TO ARTICLE
Such a nice experience at last summer's Market Art + Design fair in Bridgehampton and delighted that my work is being used to promote this year's show.
"...Hays’ transition from working in gouache on paper to painting with oil on canvas further illuminates her approach to context, negative space, the surrounding substance that envelop the colorful forms within."
OK, I'm more than a little late seeing this lovely mention on Bustle (from November) - but grateful nonetheless for the kind words. I don't know which pleases me more - that I "should definitely be on your radar" or the fact that I fall into the category of "young" female. :) Either way, here's the link